Paula Murrihy

Mezzo Soprano


Irish Mezzo-Soprano Paula Murrihy is a native of County Kerry. She received her Bachelor in Music from DIT Conservatory of Music  and Drama in Dublin before continuing her studies  in  North America at  the New England  Conservatory. Paula  has  also  participated in the Britten-Pears Young  Artist Programme and was an apprentice at Santa Fe Opera and part of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program.

After being spotted at the Neue Stimmen Competition in 2009 by Frankfurt Opera’s General Director, Paula was asked to join their acclaimed ensemble. Her numerous appearances have included Annio  La Clemenza di Tito, Medoro Orlando Furioso, Dido Dido  and Aeneas, Lazuli L’étoile, Dorabella Cosi fan tutte, Orontea and Octavian Der Rosenkavalier, Hänsel in  Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, and Polissena in Radamisto. She made her role debut as Carmen to critical acclaim with the highly successful team behind Dido & Aeneas - Barrie Kosky and Constantinos Carydis.  Paula maintains a close connection with the United States and has appeared as Ino in Semele for Boston Lyric Opera, 2nd Lady Die Zauberflöte at Santa Fe Opera, Annio at the Chicago Opera Theater, Cherubino The Ghosts of Versailles for Opera Theatre St Louis and Dido for Los Angeles Opera.  In Europe, Paula made her debut at Covent Garden as  Tebaldo  Don  Carlo, and returned as Mercedes Carmen.  She has appeared as Annio at the Théâtre Capitole Toulouse, as Medoro at Opéra de Nice, as Ascanio in Terry  Gilliam’s  production of  Benvenuto Cellini  at English  National Opera, and more recently as Octavian Der Rosenkavalier at De  Nationale Opera Amsterdam and the Staatsoper Stuttgart.

On  the concert platform, Paula’s extensive repertoire includes Vivaldi’s Gloria,  Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Schubert’s Mass  in C, Bach’s St John  Passion, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem. She has appeared regularly with the Handel & Haydn Society in Boston - returning this season for concert performances of Semele – and with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where she premiered John Harbison’s Symphony No.  6.   She recently appeared with  the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris in Handel’s  Messiah,  the Nederlandse Programma Stichting in Handel’s Solomon, Alexander’s Feast  and Honneger’s Judith,  with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the St Paul Chamber Orchestra in performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion   and made her  debut at the BBC Proms in Haydn’s  Paukenmesse. Last  season Paula  sang Dorabella  in  Cosi  fan  tutte and Cherubino  in Le  nozze di  Figaro with MusicAeterna   and  Teodor   Currentzis,      and  joined   the  conductor   this   summer  for   a performance of Mahler’s  Kindertotenlieder and Hindemith’s Die Junge Magd at the Diaghilev Festival  in  Perm.  An  accomplished  recitalist, Paula  has  performed at Aldeburgh  Festival  and with  the  Irish  Chamber  Orchestra  in  the  Shannon  International  Music   Festival  and  the Chancellor’s Concert at the University of Limerick.  She recently gave a recital in Frankfurt with accompanist Malcolm Martineau.

2016/17 features Paula’s debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, as Stéphano Roméo et Juliette, Ruggiero in Alcina and  Count Orlofsky Die  Fledermaus for Santa Fe Opera and her debut at Zürich Opera as Cherubino  Le Nozze di  Figaro. On  the concert platform Paula appears with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for Beethoven Missa Solemnis, North Carolina Symphony Orchestra for Beethoven Symphony 9,  The Handel and Haydn Society for Juno/Ino in Semele and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra for Elijah. She also joins Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna for performances of Purcell’s Indian Queen, and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.